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C.  CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 4, 1987 1 I II I I III First day of school Students at St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, arrive for their first day of school. They are (from left) Craig Pelage, Jamie Polage, Matthew ttolbrook, Lesli Dm'dolz and Page Durdolz. For more news about schools in the Diocese of Evansville see Page Seven for School Notebook. -- Message Photo by Barbara Paul 6' • • 9 publnc polncy "x Ill i i i i • i ii i " Bishops' opposition to health clinics draws mixed reaction Opposition by bishops and state Catholic confenceS' this summ to , school-based "health clinics that i'!  spense contraceptives "and abortion :lvice drew a mixed reaction from state 3icials. Florida's governor blocked a private grant that would have established a school-based clinic, but in Illinois the governor vetoed a bill that would have ended teen-agars' access to contracep- tives at public school health clinics. The bill Thompson vetoed "would" hve preserved the positive cntribu- tions w..f school clinics make to the halth and. welfa.mof ou children," Cardinal ternardin said. "At the same time, it would have stopped the distribution of contraceptives which, on several counts, is ineffective and poor public policy." The Catholic Conference of Illinois had strongly lobbied for the bill Thomp- son vetoed, traceptives to youngsters and they all work," he said. "They reduce repeat pregnancies, increase school atten- dance, and reduce infant mortality." Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Pitt- sburgh issued a statement opposing clinics because he said they raise -"serious concerns about the role of the public school as well as the fundamen- tal rights of youth and their parents." The Pittsburgh public school board has been studying the idea of "wellness The archbishops of Denver and New Jim Lago, executive director of the centers" to provide health services to 13rleans also objected to clinics planned c6nference, saihat ":l 4hwcidence"-students but it has no formal proposal ia their archdioceses while the bishop ...we've seen undscores thefact that "for such centers and hearings on the °tPittsimrghwarned aaiht "wellness even wholesale distribution of q on, subect have not been scheduled, cent ,, . -. . .o • . ors .being considered m his traceptives to students not orfails.the- "accbrding to Pat Crawford, director of UlOcese. .- o pragmatic test, but is significantly .information services for the city's Cardinal )oseph L. Bemardin f. linked to increased abortion, rates: pubtic'schools. " ,Chicago expressed dismay that Gov. among sexuallyaclteeh." o, •" In his Aug. 15 statement, Bishop Jae.s R. Thompson of Illinois vetoed . ' . " . Bevilacqua wrote that "proponents tee bill that would have ended teen- ACCORDING TO LAGO, Catholic . claim.that-such Clinics would provide a a,g.e.ra, access to contraceptives at Charities programs in the stats fund and number of services .t o public school ca,alcs, The cardinal called it "poor direct a variety of programs flat addre2s " :students, including dealing.with such' puotic policy" to distribute contracep- the teenpregnancyproblem, " 'srious problems as drug abuse, the tivesiahighschools. • "None of these programs .ive con'-" = misuse of alcohol, premarital sexual behavior, unmarried teen-age pregnan- On the inside • ciesandAIDS.:' ll,t':--- -"1 .... --  ' - However, he said, the purpose of the 00lllboard ,,. I clinics has never been clearly defined, _ ' " " w L. nor do they have specific programs.  tudents at Holy Rosar)r besin the adtr ition. "i' , IIP".-The:school, "as an instrument of  . . ""    :.J," ociety, nus{ respect the moral values 00erlpture Uommentary :1  vbhich:the, fndi.vidual and the family Don Dilger begins a weekly column on the Sunday Gospel hold," the.bishbp wrote. "Minimally, it on page 5. * must do nothing to undermine those Old Cathedral -- Turn to pages 8 and 9 for the first im,a series of pariS, ' features. : .... , m I | I " I I I I I. I II , . I . . I . ,-, .L .... I .I ....... I I Pope praises lay involvement in parishes CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (NC) -- Pope John Paul II praised lay involve- ment in parishes -- including pastoral councils and lay initiatives in liturgical, charitable and other fields -- as he con- tinued a series of talks on the laity. The parish is the "natural environ- ment" for the "ideals and the apostolic obligations of the church," the pope said. Speaking Aug. 30 at his summer retreat south of Rome, the pope con- tinued a series of weekly Angelus talks on the role of the laity in the church in preparation for October's s,'nod on the mission of the laity in thechurch and the world. The pope stressed the importance of the parish as the most visible sign of the "particular church." If lay people were not involved in the parish, it would put their "ecclesial identity" into doubt, he said. With its "active participation, both through institutional forms and by means of a proper 'creativity,' the Christian community gets an always more mature awareness of being church," he added. After the Angelus, the pope met with members of the Italian Air Force unit responsible for transporting him during pastoral visits within Italy. Ill inulin ,. of the individual and the primacy of parental authority and responsibility." The Florida Catholic Conference praised a decision by Coy. Bob Mar- tinez blocking a private grant that would have established a school-based health clinic which would have offered se counseling at a Miami high school. "We really do applaud hisdecisfon," said Rosemary Gallagher of-the Florida Catholic Conference in Tallahase. "People really don't anderstand these (clinics) do not wor. They increase pregnancies wh2 wethey are and (also increase) abortion.": Martinez ordered the Florida Health and Rehabilitative Services not to a,-:- cept a $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which was offered the DadeCounty Health Depar- ment. The plan wduld have dis[,ensed birti control information to stndents wh provided sined, notariz, t approw from parents: Florida's bishops, in an ,'.l:,ril t..,l, letter, had opposed funding th[:, clinic,,:. " a proposal then considered by the 1 ,:, :i,,]ature, " IN DENVER, however, the school board approved a proposal by the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics to request a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to values." establish two school-based clinics. He aid he is "strongly 0ppose" to ...:The school board placed thre::rtric- clinics as they exist in other states, "to ions on the clinics: that n6 abbrtion sex education devoid of moral" prin- counseling be permitted, that no con- ciples to passing out condoms under traceptives be dispensed or,psqribed any circumstances .,. to any program and that the clinics not'coSt'e disict which fails to acknowledge the dignity any money. . • .Z ft..